The Latest: GOP Rep. Comer wins 2nd full term in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on the general election in Kentucky (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Republican James Comer has been re-elected to Congress.

The former state agriculture commissioner on Tuesday defeated Democrat and college professor Paul Walker to win his second full term in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District.

Comer, who comes from a farming family, introduced legislation last year supporting the growing of industrial hemp.

In 2015, Comer was a front-runner for the Republican nomination for governor, but he lost to Matt Bevin by 83 votes. Bevin would go on to win the general election. Comer served a partial term in 2016 after Republican Ed Whitfield left his seat early.


6:35 p.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers has won a 21st term in Kentucky's 5th Congressional District.

Rogers easily defeated Democratic challenger Kenneth Stepp on Tuesday. Stepp is an attorney who has run against Rogers before.

Rogers lives in Somerset. He was first elected in 1981 and is the longest-serving Republican ever elected to federal office in Kentucky. He is the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.


6 p.m.

Polls have closed in eastern Kentucky, as the nation votes in the first midterm elections of Donald Trump's presidency.

The area includes the 5th and 6th congressional districts. In the 6th, Republican incumbent Andy Barr is trying to fend off a stiff challenge from Democrat and former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath. In the 5th, Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers is seeking a 21st term.

He's trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Kenneth Stepp. Stepp is an attorney who has run against Rogers before.


4:30 p.m.

Long lines of voters formed in Kentucky's second largest city, and election officials called for extra voting machines to be brought in.

Deputy Fayette County Clerk Meredith Watson said the machine vendor, Harp, had some extra machines, which have been deployed. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the city secured 30 extra voting machines by midafternoon Tuesday.

Watson said reports of wait times ranged anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Based on the lines and higher-than-expected number of absentee ballots, County Clerk Don Blevins' office predicted turnout well above 50 percent.

Fayette County is in the 6th Congressional District, one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races with incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Barr facing off with Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot.


4 p.m.

A couple of problems slowed the start of Election Day in one Kentucky county.

WYMT-TV reports one of the machines at the Knott County Sportsplex polling place was not the correct machine. Knott County Clerk Kenneth Gayheart said the right machine was brought in after about 30 minutes.

Also Tuesday in Knott County, one race was missing from the ballot. The Pippa Passes City Council race was left off at one precinct. Paper ballots were produced for that race.

Gayheart said the problems were taken care of quickly, and the state was notified. He expects results to be on time.

Attorney General Andy Beshear's office said in a tweet there had been 201 calls to the election violations hotline by midafternoon Tuesday.


11:30 am

A Kentucky official said voter turnout appeared strong in the hours after polling places opened.

Secretary of State spokesman Bradford Queen made the comment Tuesday morning as news outlets reported lines at several precincts.

Jefferson County election officials called early voting "heavy" and Fayette County deputy clerk Meredith Watson said turnout was great and officials there haven't seen an increase in problems.

The Kentucky Attorney General's Office said it had received 77 complaints as of mid-morning.

A portion of central Kentucky, including Fayette County, has one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races with incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Barr facing off with Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot.


12:30 am

A tight Kentucky congressional race in a district President Donald Trump won by double digits could be an early indicator whether the U.S. House will shift to Democratic control in the midterm elections.

Newcomer Amy McGrath's challenge of Republican incumbent Andy Barr could show the Democrats' strength in areas that supported Trump two years ago. McGrath, a retired fighter pilot, has given Barr his toughest test yet as he seeks a fourth term. Barr urged voters to re-elect him for his "access and influence with this administration."

Meanwhile, teachers upset over GOP lawmakers' handling of their pensions are running in dozens of legislative races across Kentucky. Mayor's races in Lexington and Louisville are also on the ballot Tuesday, along with Kim Davis' bid to remain the clerk of Rowan County.


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